Then in 1749-1806 the Scottish surgeon Benjamin Bell and the French surgeon Jean Louis Petit were the first one to remove the affected breast tissue, and underlying chest muscle.
Such was the prevailing wisdom throughout the history of breast cancer. Although cases of breast cancer are documented throughout history, it is not until the 17th century in Europe that medical understanding of the human body is able to begin to comprehend the nature of breast cancer. European doctors linked the tumors in the breast to the lymph glands in the armpit. In the early 18th century two extremely important figures in the history of breast cancer arise: Jean Louis Petit and Benjamin Bell who performed the first surgeries removing the lymph nodes, breast tissue and breast muscle in order to remove the cancer from the body and fight its spread.
The French surgeon Jean Louis Petit (1674–1750) and later the Scottish surgeon Benjamin Bell (1749–1806) were the first to remove the lymph nodes, breast tissue, and underlying chest muscle
In the 17th century the first connection between the cancer of the breast and that of the lymph nodes in the armpits was established due to better understanding of the circulatory system.
The surgeons Jean Louis Petit (France) and Benjamin Bell (Scotland) were the first to remove breast tissue, breast muscle and armpit lymph nodes in the late 17th and 18th centuries.